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Is chivalry sexist?
(males behaving chivalrous nearly exclusively towards women) is sexist. (
Women today still face gender-based discrimination, thus any behavior, implying that they are less capable or should be treated in a special way, should be discontinued.
Chivalrous behavior is predicated on the notion of women not being strong or independent enough.
Since chivalrous men acts in a better way toward women than men, this would technically constitute sexism against men.
The behaviors considered as "being chivalrous" are really just being courteous. Placing them under the label of chivalry implies only one gender or sex should, can or actually does these things.
In contexts where gender should not be relevant (such as a workplace), interacting with women differently calls attention to their gender, at the expense of more relevant aspects of the situation.
The history of chivalry is based on the trope "
damsel in distress
", where men have to protect women's lives, even if it costs them their own.
Chivalry is just an innocent tradition which we should preserve.
There are plenty of women that appreciate the gallantry.
Women, on average, are physically weaker, thus men should be chivalrous.
The concept and
is more than just a code of conduct towards women. It was a code for
nobles and knights
Most men enjoy being chivalrous.
A man is sexist, not when he is chivalrous, but when he believes women to be requiring the help.
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